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A huge welcome from all our trustees to our site for SASW Trust. Depending on who you are and how you ended up reading this, here's three sections that should help you find what you're after. Enjoy browsing!
Go to Charity Supporters & Volunteers

Charity Supporters & Volunteers

Enter our Charity Supporters & Volunteers section to find our news of our local work and the various ways to support, pray and join in.

Go to Schools Information, Bookings & Video Resources

Schools Information, Bookings & Video Resources

Enter our Schools Information, Bookings and Video Resources section for school staff to discover what we have to offer local primary and secondary schools.

Go to “Safe Space” – Dedicated Youth Site

“Safe Space” – Dedicated Youth Site

If you’re a young person who connects with our work (or would like to) through local Safe Spaces in schools, then select here to enter our dedicated youth site: safes.uk

New: Connect Kids Project for local church groups

If you are involved in a local church in Southport and want to enable the children connected with that church the chance to take the theme’s from our primary school assemblies a little deeper in terms of faith content and discipleship, check out our new Connect Kids video project:
www.saswtrust.com/connectkids

About

We are a Scripture Union Local Mission Partner working in partnership with the Pais Movement, and set up in 1999 by churches and Christians in Southport and Formby, who wanted to serve their local schools.

For two decades, the majority of schools across Southport, Formby and surrounding areas have benefitted through assemblies, lessons, presentations and extra-curricular clubs and activities. These have been delivered by our employed schools worker, a team of local church volunteers, a Pais Project team of gap year apprentices, and most recently a part time sports ministry leader.

Our aim is to see this work continue, grow and develop through working in partnership with local schools and local churches, in order to see that great impact across Southport in the years to come, which is very much in our hearts and prayers.
“Light, Faith and Mission with an Emerging Generation”

- David Taberner, Schools Worker

Our Aims:
+ To contribute to the educational, moral and spiritual development of young people by working in partnership with teachers, youth leaders and other schools workers.
+ To work alongside teachers and their students to help develop an understanding of God’s presence and purpose in their lives.
+ To be a friend and resource to schools and colleges, Christian teachers and students.
+ To empower and equip young people to be a strong positive Christian influence in there schools.

In doing so the Trust will be:
+ Interdenominational
+ Representative of the churches in Southport & Formby.

What we do in schools:

Primary Schools

We are connected with most of the primary schools in Southport, Formby and the surrounding areas.
We will often go into schools and present an assembly covering a variety of topics such as Bullying, Getting on and falling out, Achieving Goals. This is usually done in a fun way using drama, music and other creative means.
We run a series of clubs, either at lunch time or after school, called the Awesome Club, where we teach ‘awesome skills’ based on the fruits of the Spirit found in Galations 5:22.
Our ‘Good Show’ project calls on a large group of volunteers and offers 3 presentations to the schools each year, one each term.
• A pantomime style dramatic presentation looking at the real meaning of Christmas
• A large-scale Easter presentation in the style of Mission Impossible, for which SASWTrust is renowned for.
• A presentation called Moving On for year sixes moving into high school.

Secondary Schools

As Christian workers and volunteers, we aim to create a safe time and place in local schools to explore the big issues of life and faith.
We currently do this weekly through being a presence at lunchtimes, through our ‘Safe Space’ lunchtime drop-ins, with games, discussion, a ‘Three Minute Thought’ and online engagement.
We cover assemblies in high schools for various year groups on topics such as Love, Faith, Peer pressure, anti-bullying and so on. We often expand these topics into workshops, ran either by ourselves, or bought-in national Christian projects.
At times, we will be asked to cover lessons (usually RE) and look at a variety of topics from a Christian view – points such as “What is Christianity?” “Why is the Bible relevant today?”, etc.
Our charity staff have worked with numerous volunteers, apprentices from the Pais Movement, and local church youth workers in order to best serve the local secondary schools’ needs, working with them to boost their statuary provision of spritiual, moral, social and cultural education.
Our work in schools extends into the rest of the community through our network of churches and youth work throughout the area. We are keen to mobilise the local Church more in this way, and our two experienced workers are available to anyone who wishes to explore this further.

OUR TEAM

We have a dynamic & active team, with a broad range of skills, coupled with a community of very generous volunteers.

David ”Tabz” Taberner

Schools Worker
David Taberner works full time for us and is also particularly involved in the Southport Methodist Circuit as a preacher as well as other churches and inter- church projects, such as Street Pastors, Christians Against Poverty, Sonfest and Southport Prayer. He’s been rather well educated in civil engineering and project management, but through a growing passion for young people and the Kingdom, he found a calling to our ministry five years ago. He also leads our local youth leaders’ forum, is a semi-pro musician, goes more casually by the name “Tabz”, and has a slightly characteristic hairstyle! (His wife is a lot cooler though!)

Hettie Taberner

“Good Sport” Coach and Programme Co-ordinator
Hettie Taberner is Tabz’s wife and moved to Southport in May 2017 taking up our post as pioneer of our Good Secondary Schools As Christian workers and volunteers, we aim to create a safe time and place in local schools to explore the big issues of life and faith. We currently do this weekly through being a presence at lunchtimes, through our ‘Safe Space’ lunchtime drop-ins, with games, discussion, a ‘Three Minute Thought’ and online engagement. We cover assemblies in high schools for various year groups on topics such as Love, Faith, Peer pressure, anti-bullying and so on. We often expand these topics into workshops, ran either by ourselves, or bought-in national Christian projects. At times, we will be asked to cover lessons (usually RE) and look at a variety of topics from a Christian view – points such as “What is Christianity?” “Why is the Bible relevant today?”, etc. Our charity staff have worked with numerous volunteers, apprentices from the Pais Movement, and local church youth workers in order to best serve the local secondary schools’ needs, working with them to boost their statuary provision of spritiual, moral, social and cultural education. Our work in schools extends into the rest of the community through our network of churches and youth work throughout the area. We are keen to mobilise the local Church more in this way, and our two experienced workers are available to anyone who wishes to explore this further. Sport Ministry. She is originally from Burnley, where she was a Kids Pastor for a large church alongside her Children In Need funded youth work job managing young volunteers on one of the 10 most deprived areas of the UK. Hettie is a qualified football coach, has played for two women’s teams, is a great singer, 83% extravert, and still manages to be way cooler than Tabz!

The Volunteers

Being incredible!
We couldn’t do what we do without an amazing bunch of people who volunteer upfront and behind the scenes to make the work of our charity so effective. Our vision is huge and needs to see the whole Church equipped to stretch across their communities to see this come to fruition.

Recent highlights from the team on social media:

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Tabz wanted to make an Easter video that wasn't about all lovely flowers and eggs and bunnies... and so we have this: EASTER - THE BATTLETabz mentioned a spoken word that he thought was pretty decent. It's from a church in London & here's how you can give it a listen:youtu.be/u-KIfoR_LusIn the video Tabz mentioned several battles we might face, which you should never face alone...IF YOU NEED TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE ABOUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH:- Text "YM" to 85258 - Young Minds- Call Childline on 0800 1111A note about Christianity...If you feel like you are at a point in life where feel ready to believe in Jesus and put your trust in him for a life of eternal win, it's actually pretty simple to make a start! Here's 4 simple points to understand & some words to help you pray:--❤️ God loves usIn the Bible, in Romans 8v38-39 it says "...neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God...".In the Bible, in 1John 3v16, "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us."❎ Humans aren't perfect, we make mistakes & mess up, both historically and personally.In the Bible, in Romans 3v23 says "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". That means that every human being has failed meet the perfect standard of God's goodness and righteousness. Thus our world is full of battles and brokenness.✝️ Jesus died for meIn the Bible paraphrase "The Message", John 3v16-17 says "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again."❓ I get to decideGod has done his bit, Jesus died for us and rose again. Jesus did this so that, despite our imperfections and brokenness, we can call God our friend and move forwards in life having started a relationship with him. It's simply up to us to make a personal choice accepting God's forgiveness, which saves us in the battle of life. In the Bible, in Romans 10v9-10 it says "...if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."--🙏🏼 PrayWhenever someone is ready to make that decision to believe and call themselves a Christian, a prayer like this if often said:"Dear God, Thank you that You died for me and want the best for me in every situation. I'm sorry for ignoring You and doing things my way. I realise now that my human failings have hurt You and the people around me and for this, I am truly sorry.Thank you Jesus that You came and took the punishment. Thank you that you gave your life for me.Please forgive me and help me now as I decide to live only for You from this day forward. Amen"This first step begins an incredible journey of faith for Christians. The next step is to make sure you are set up to move on your journey. Two things we recommend are to get access to the Bible (either a physical book, or online / app - we can provide either for free), and secondly to make sure you are journeying and learning from others - this is part of belonging to a local church family. The Church isn't confined to a building though - in fact, as Christians we are all connect - so PLEEEEEEASEEE let us know if you have decided to become a Christian today! We want to support you in your journey.#easter #safespacesouthport #eastervideo #igtv #eastermessage #4points ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

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Wishing a wonderful Happy Easter to all out supporters!Here’s a vlog from Tabz for the occasion:youtu.be/wgqqcsTWj3Y ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

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Happy Easter - here's a newsletter! It's been a really encouraging term with lots of huge Easter projects to work on! Check out our first ever online Mission Impossible - escape room style!mailchi.mp/4fb1334b1eb9/saswtoctoberupdate-7488109 ... See MoreSee Less

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NEW: A whole bunch of Easter video productions for the end of spring term! We have an all-new Easter Extravaganza and our newly developed, most advanced online project yet - Mission Impossible Online Hub - goes live this weekend! Do you know a primary school that would love to get their hands on this - all for free? Or maybe your children or grandchildren? Why not check it out and forward on this email! - mailchi.mp/bd0c57176002/new-a-whole-bunch-of-easter-video-productions-for-the-end-of-spring-term ... See MoreSee Less

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